I’m feeling pretty good about re-establishing my running regimen over the holidays here in Carlsbad. I’ve consistently leveraged the last 3 Thanksgiving breaks to log some miles. I scaled back on running while diagnosing some of my injuries, but it doesn’t appear I lost any real conditioning. With my abdomen feeling strong again, my pace is seriously dropping back to where it was a year ago – down close to 8 minute miles. I’m not pushing myself yet in terms of distance – only running 3 and 4 miles. I’d like to run farther but I’m following the medical advice and easing back into it.
There’s no hurry. I’m not planning on any events until late winter – early spring. The Canyonlands Half Marathon in Moab March 17th. That’s on my calendar although at this point I’m only entered in the lottery. I have a strong desire to return to run the Austin Marathon February 19th. I have a little something to prove in that event, but it’ll come down to a last minute decision based on my winter conditioning and whether or not I have enough miles on United. Sometime near those two runs will be the Boulder Half Marathon – I’ll for sure do that. I like how the course goes out slightly up slope and returns back down slope. Perfect event to start slow and speed up. Last March I ran it as a workout just like that. It felt great.
Clearly, I’ll need to eventually increase my mileage if I intend to run marathons and halves. I’ll target next weekend to grind out a long one. Until then, I’ll enjoy my new found fast pace. I’m considering sending a Christmas card to Dr. Stilp for taking care of me.